Business and ballroom dancing

News Enterprise Editorial

North Creek has many assets that make it the envy of the North Country, including the Tannery Pond Community Center, the Saratoga-North Creek Railway and the Gore Mountain ski center. Yet it’s the close-knit community that keeps North Creek vibrant and is perhaps the biggest asset of all.

Two examples of this community pride can be found at a Main Street wine bar and the Johnsburg Central School cafetorium: the North Creek Business Alliance and the ballroom dancing classes offered by Paul LoGuercio.

News Enterprise staffers are regular attendees at the North Creek Business Alliance meetings, held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Thursday at barVino.

Simply put, we’re impressed.

That’s why we’re surprised to hear that one of the attendees was recently “uninvited” to the meetings. “That can’t be true,” we thought. And — while there may have been a conversation between two people indicating that an attendee is no longer welcome — Business Alliance co-chair Joel Beaudin announced May 10 that nobody can be “uninvited” to the meetings.

Yes, the North Creek Business Alliance welcomes everyone to its meetings. And there are usually about 30 people in attendance each week. That’s impressive, given that many organizations start strong and fizzle out. But not this group. After several years, they’re still getting things done: holding community events, sponsoring the shuttle bus, raising money for special projects, and promoting North Creek as a tourist destination.

There is no membership roster at the North Creek Business Alliance, but there are two co-chairs: Joel Beaudin, of the Copperfield Inn, and Mike Bowers, of barVino. The rules are easy: meetings start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and last one hour, and only one person speaks at a time.

Mike and Joel stand behind the bar, and members sit on bar stools or stand in the back near the fireplace. After one of the co-chairs rings the bell at 8:30 a.m., what commences is a regular town hall meeting similar to those in Vermont. Attendees talk about their businesses, special events and community concerns.

Andy Flynn is the Assistant Managing Editor at Denton Publications. He may be reached at andy@denpubs.com.

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